1990s Postmodernist Organic Machina Bangle Bracelet in Sterling Silver
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A highly textural sterling silver bangle bracelet, whose face is decorated with minimally-finished rectangular slabs of black coral and deer antler. These slabs sit atop a reticulated base, and beneath a conduit-like tube that secures them against it. This hollow tube features a cutaway section, left open to reveal a row of high-polished, sanguine, carnelian beads. A pair of 14k gold beads decorate the tube and appear to pin the slabs. The face of this bracelet is hinged; it opens like a leaver and holds itself closed with a clever tension hook. The body of this bangle is decorated with an all-over crosshatched/linen texture. This is a lovely object— tough and beautiful, it plays at juxtaposing organic materials with mechanical forms, and is itself a very simple machine. Someday we will know what this design movement is called . . . for now we can say that it speaks to the conflict between industry and nature, to the insistence on carefully handmade objects in a time of obscene mass production.
c. 1990- 2000
Inner circumference is approx 6.75 inches; width measures approx 21 mm. This fits an average-sized woman's wrist.